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- Friday, 26th April 2019 -

Why is that important?

Monday is the closing date for becoming a Sponsor of the National Child Protection Conference to be co-hosted in Brisbane by the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak and PeakCare on the 24th and 25th June. Can’t meet this deadline? Don’t fret, we will accept late applications to become a sponsor, but strongly encourage organisations to submit their applications by no later than cob on Friday, 3rd May.

Monday is also the closing date for submitting abstracts. Need an extension? Contact Annika Stehn (Phone: 07 3368 1050; Email: urgently (i.e. by no later than Wednesday 1st May) to negotiate an extension.

Finally, Monday is also the closing date for entering our competition to win one of three free tickets to the Conference. To make sure as many people as possible have a chance at winning a free ticket, the closing date for this competition has also been extended to Friday 3rd May. Watch this short video for details about how you can enter the competition and watch out for the catch.

Look further down in this edition of eNews for more important dates to remember. In particular, do not forget that registrations to attend the conference close on 6th June and the early bird rate concludes on 3rd May.

HSQF certification update

An updated version of the Human Services Quality Framework (HSQF) User Guide – Certification V5.0 has been released and uploaded to Queensland’s HSQF website. The HSQF User Guide - Certification V5.0 outlines quality guidelines and evidence requirements for organisations required to achieve HSQF certification. The Version Control Register and Log of Changes provides detailed information about the changes in Version 5.0. All organisations funded by DCSYW and DCDSS (Community Services and Seniors stream only, not DCDSS funded Disability Services) that are in-scope of certification should by now have received an email outlining the updates. Organisations in-scope of HSQF audits/certification must review the HSQF User Guide – Certification V5.0 and implement new/amended requirements relevant to the services you are delivering in order to demonstrate your compliance with the Human Services Quality Standards in future audits (from 26th July 2019). The updates include the Hope and Healing Framework and the Minimum Qualifications Standard. Auditors are being trained in application of these so organisations can expect to provide information about progress in upcoming audits. For questions about the new version, please contact your departmental contract officer or the HSQF team on or 1800 034 022.

Hope and Healing e-modules update

Residential care workers and their immediate supervisors are now able to complete the Relationships module on the e-learning platform, this being the 7th of 10. All modules will be uploaded to the platform and available within the next 3 months. Power Point versions of the modules will be released in July, enabling organisations to train more broadly and in groups. For example, there may be managers and therapeutic workers who support the work undertaken in houses and they will be able to do so in congruence with the framework. This mode of presentation will also be made available to other agencies that work alongside residential care staff, eg Evolve Therapeutic Services, Child Safety Officers.

Free Blue Card workshops in regional and remote communities

Yarn together in a culturally safe space when Blue Card Services visit communities across Queensland, including remote communities such as Lockhart River, Yarrabah, Woorabinda and Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area, over the coming months. The informal workshops are a great way to learn more about the blue card system. Make sure you come along and ask the Blue Card Services all your questions and seek help with applications if required. Visit the website for the dates of upcoming workshops.

Applications open for Young, Black and Proud scholarships

The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) is sponsoring the Young, Black and Proud scholarships for another round, with applications now open for up to $30,000 worth of support with school, uni, arts or sporting dreams for Young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders under the age of 25 years. Applications close Monday, 10th June. Applicants are encouraged to read through the Information Pack to ensure their applications meets all the requirements to ensure they have the best chance at eligibility. Find out more.

Supporting women in leadership positions with scholarships for education

Up to 500 governance scholarships of $1000 towards the Diploma of Business (Governance) are being offered especially focussing on women, by the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA) and Women's Leadership Institute Australia (WLIA) to address the gender imbalance in leadership positions in Australia, in both corporate and community organisations. Students who complete their Diploma of Business (Governance) will earn fellowship of the Institute of Community Directors Australia as well as Australia's only accredited qualification for not-for-profit governance. Find out more.

Early bird registrations open for SNAICC Conference 2019

Early bird registrations are now open for the 8th SNAICC National Conference: Growing up with Strong Identity, Strong Culture and Strong Connection. From 2nd to 5th September, join SNAICC to discuss the challenges and share knowledge and experiences in raising happy, healthy and confident children in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Situated in the southern lands of the Kaurna people at the Adelaide Convention Centre, this conference is also a chance to celebrate and experience the richness and culture of South Australia’s local communities. Discounted early bird registrations are now open until 21st June. Find out more.

Preventing sexual violence in Queensland - what are your ideas?

Queenslanders are called on to have their say on how to prevent sexual violence, with public consultation opening online and a series of local forums being held in various locations throughout Queensland. Upcoming sessions include Bundaberg on Monday, 29th April (2pm-4pm at the Neville Room of the Bundaberg Business Enterprise Centre) and Sunshine Coast on Tuesday, 30th April (10am-12pm at the Maroochy River Golf Club, Bli Bli). Public input will be used to inform the development of a Sexual Violence Prevention Framework for Queensland. Written submissions are invited in two forms - answering an online survey on four themes identified in the background paper, and/or emailing written submissions to Young people up to age 25 years are encouraged to have a say on the Queensland Youth eHub to go into the draw to win one of ten JB Hi Fi vouchers.


Have you had your say on PeakCare's view of the YES, BUT Federal Budget 2019?

Following the theme of PeakCare’s views on the government’s YES, BUT budget published in last week’s edition of eNews, the opposition leader has announced a range of YES, BUT items as well. Click here to read the list of YES, BUT items compiled by PeakCare, add your comments about whether you agree or disagree with the items on our list and perhaps add some of your own.


Reminder - QFCC Workforce Survey 2019 open

The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) is undertaking a workforce survey to gather information on the experiences of frontline workers and service providers within the child protection and family support system. The confidential survey can be completed online and will take approximately 20 minutes. Further details on the type of information and what you can expect from the survey can be found in the Participant Information Sheet. The valuable insights of frontline workers will help inform the QFCC's recommendations for improvements within the system to achieve more positive outcomes. The survey will close Friday, 17th May.


Reminder - enrolments open for minimum qualifications for residential care workers

In previous editions we let you know that TAFE Qld is able to offer the attainment of the minimum Certificate IV qualification at greatly reduced cost due to generous support from the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training. Information sessions have been held across the state and you can view the presentation at those sessions here (pptx). Enrolments are being accepted now - click here to apply. With the course commencing in May now is a good time to enrol.

Registrations to attend the National Child Protection Conference close on 6th June – Early Bird Rate concludes on 3rd May

Registrations for the National Child Protection Conference being co-hosted by PeakCare, the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) and the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA) close on the 6th June. This important conference forms part of Queensland’s BIG WEEK that will consist of not one, not two, but three big events:

  • National Child Protection Conference (24th and 25th June)
  • Advocacy Masterclass led by Professor Cindy Blackstock (26th June), and
  • QATSICPP Members’ Conference (27th and 28th June).


If you wish to also attend either the second or third of the BIG WEEK events- the Professor Cindy Blackstock Masterclass on 26th June and/or the QATSICPP Members’ Conference on the 27th and 28th June, click here.

Play your part in contributing to this exciting event – submit an abstract!

Thank you for the many submissions of abstracts for the Conference. The closing date for submitting an abstract is COB Monday, 29th April, but if you need a little more time, please contact Annika Stehn (Ph: 07 3368 1050; Email: urgently (i.e. by no later than Wednesday 1st May) to negotiate an extension. 

Have you entered the competition to win one of three free Conference tickets?

PeakCare has been inundated with entries into our competition to win one of three free tickets to the Conference, but some have not observed ‘the catch’. Watch this short video to find out if you are eligible to win a free ticket. To ensure that as many people as possible have a chance to win a free ticket, the closing date for receiving entries has been extended to cob on Friday, 3rd May.

Join the growing list of Conference Sponsors!

Encourage your organisation to join this growing list of organisations that have stepped up to becomes sponsors of this exciting event - Anglicare Southern Queensland, The Benevolent Society, Child Wise, Churches of Christ Queensland, Compass Seminars, Foundations Care, House with No Steps, Life Without Barriers, Mission Australia, Nature Play Qld, Parentline, UnitingCare Community, and YCSS Child, Youth and Family Intervention Service.

Visit the website for the details about how your organisation can become a sponsor. Organisations are strongly encouraged to submit their applications to become a Sponsor by no later than Friday, 3rd May. Please note that due to the unique sponsorship model that we are using, you do not need to be a large organisation to become a sponsor. Both small and large organisations and those that are somewhere in between all receive the same benefits of becoming a sponsor.

When our rights come home - what a Human Rights Act means for Queensland 

Human rights as they relate to socially excluded young people who experience homelessness were at the core of the conversation led by distinguished community lawyer and leading human rights advocate, Aimee McVeigh, when addressing attendees at the recent Queensland Youth Housing Coalition Platform 1225 Forum as the keynote speaker. Well-respected by her peers and clients alike, Aimee was a driving force behind the push for a Queensland Human Rights Act. Read more.

If you know of a program, group or organisation that should be In the Spotlight, contact Lorraine Dupree.

Effective Supervision for Supervisors - being the best you can be!
Brisbane - Thursday, 2nd May
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

Supervisors in the area of child, youth and family welfare commonly learn how to supervise solely through ‘on the job’ experience. Their main source of knowledge may be their own experiences of being supervised. This interactive one-day workshop helps supervisors in child and family welfare and youth services to understand supervision as a specific area of practice and to develop their practice skills in this area. Participants consider contemporary thinking and knowledge around supervision frameworks and models and are supported to use this in developing their supervision practice approach. Find out more and register

Focused Psychological Strategies for Social Workers
Brisbane - Thursday, 16th to Friday, 17th May
Presented by
Australian Association of Social Workers

This two-day workshop will help participants understand how psycho-education, and motivational speaking, are useful with particular client groups. The workshop will examine theoretical ideas and explore practical applications of approaches to psychology such as emotional regulation, art therapy, mindfulness and meditation, cognitive behavioural therapy, and more. All sections will be framed by appropriate discussions and exercises. The workshop will be delivered by Ruth Crowley Brown. Find out more and register.

Parent morning tea - come by for a cuppa
Brisbane - Monday, 20th May
Presented by Family Inclusion Network

The Family Inclusion Network is holding free small forums to meet with parents who have experienced the Queensland child protection system, and hear their thoughts. Lunch and afternoon tea will provided and transport is available if required. To RSVP, call 07 3013 6030, email or RSVP via Facebook. All conversation during the forum will be confidential and no representatives from the Department of Child Safety will be attending. 

Tough Conversations in Child Protection
Brisbane - Monday, 20th May
Presented by Parentshop

This essential one-day course for child protection professionals and family workers helps to quickly assess and prepare for tough conversations in situations where clarity-of-message can make all the difference for vulnerable families. The course teaches a method to: identify and clearly articulate the strengths and deficits in parents’ caring capacity so that parents have a clear future work plan; comprehensively gather information for holding a factual tough conversation so that as many facts (as can be reasonably gathered) can be brought to bear in conversations with parents; defuse antagonism during a tough conversation while holding a firm line; and identify the important ‘dashboard’ markers for parents so that everyone has clarity about what is expected within a given timeframe. Find out more and register.

Picture This 
Brisbane - Friday, 28th June
Presented by Compass Seminars

This workshop will open up the enormous possibilities and potential of the Genogram, a typically underutilised tool, as a process for both assessment, and intervention. Family diagrams (or Genograms) provide a picture of who a person is, where they come from, who matters in their life, and how they belong in the world; as well as providing a framework for understanding present stressors, past struggles and strengths and resources. A Genogram interview is a powerful assessment tool giving you more detailed understanding of case presentations and how to plan targeted interventions. This workshop will equip participants with an understanding of what genograms are and how they can assist in assessment, treatment planning, and potentially used as a therapeutic intervention in themselves. Find out more and register.

What is the NDIS and how do I access it?
Woodford - Monday, 29th April

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will be sponsoring a series of free information sessions about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) throughout April. Carers Qld will be hosting a session on what the NDIS is and how it can be accessed from 9.30am at Woodford Memorial Community Centre, 109 Archer Street, Woodford QLD 4514. Register for the session. There are also a series of upcoming drop in sessions in various locations around Queensland that offer support in navigating the NIDS, for both service providers and those enrolled in NDIS. To find out more about sessions in other locations in Queensland, visit the Events section of the NDIS website.

Inclusion ready ILC workshop
Townsville - Wednesday, 1st May

National Disability Services (NDS), in partnership with Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA), is offering free workshops across Queensland until July. These free workshops will help organisations and businesses to understand how the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) Information, Linkages, and Capacity Building Grants (ILC) can help them become more inclusive of people with disability. Register now for the Townsville session, register for the upcoming Mackay session on Friday, 3rd May or find out more about other locations. 

Ann Sanson, University of Melbourne - policy priorities for the incoming Australian government
Webinar - Wednesday, 1st May

This free series of webinars hosted by ARACY outlines some leading Australian organisations' policy priorities for the next Australian Government, put forward on behalf of Australia’s children and young people. Register for any or all of the election special webinars and hear what these organisations want for our country's future. Next up is Ann Sanson's recommendations for the next Australian Government. Ann Sanson is Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, a developmental psychologist with research expertise in social and emotional development in childhood and adolescence. Her current work focuses on the impact of the climate crisis on current and future generations of children, and how we as adults can best support them and ensure their wellbeing. Register here.

National Early Childhood Election Forum
Webinar - Thursday, 2nd May 

Join key speakers from Labor, the Coalition and the Greens to hear their policies and commitments for children, families and early learning at this webinar and live presentation hosted by Early Learning Everyone Benefits campaign. Join the presentation via Livestream on the Early Childhood Australia Facebook page which starts at 6:30pm or find out more about registering to attend in person.

Needs assessment: a tool for program planning and community building
Webinar - Wednesday, 8th May

This free webinar hosted by Child Family Community Australia will provide an introduction to needs assessment and briefly describe the process. It will explore and provide practice insights into how conducting a good quality needs assessment can enhance an agency or organisation’s understanding of community issues and assets for policy or service delivery; and build and strengthen community through the needs assessment process. The webinar will be presented by Paul Harkin, Director of Community Development at The Benevolent Society and Jessica Smart, Senior Research Officer at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Find out more and register.

5th Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference
Gold Coast - Monday, 13th to Wednesday, 15th May

This annual conference by the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association offers a two day educational program of speakers and a half day of workshops. The aim of the conference is to broaden the understanding of the range of addictions, comorbidity, pain management, harm reduction, mental health and wellbeing and to look at solutions in regard to prevention, treatment and recovery through evidence based research, programs and practical models. The conference is inclusive of varying populations, the professional, peer support workers and the role of the family. Find out more and register.

Injustice of Intimacy podcast launch
Brisbane - Tuesday, 14th May

The Nundah Neighbourhood Centre and Brisbane North Community Legal Service invites you to the launch of the Injustice of Intimacy Podcast Series: “How do we overcome the challenges for women who seek help for Intimate Partner Sexual Violence?”, a project sponsored by Legal Aid Queensland’s Community Legal Education Collaboration Fund. In this podcast series women share their stories and experiences and professionals share their practices and insights. The event will be presented by The Hon. Yvette D’Ath MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and The Hon. Di Farmer MP, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence. Find out more by viewing the invitation or register now.

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum
Mackay - Wednesday, 15th to Thursday, 16th May

The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research. The Forum aims to share knowledge and highlight new approaches on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people impacted by domestic and family violence. By attending this Forum, you can expect to gain understanding about the different service delivery approaches required when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. The Forum will introduce new and different approaches based on research and evidence to inform practice when responding to this type of violence. Find out more and register.


Working with refugees
Brisbane - Thursday, 16th May

Multicultural Development Australia (MDA) will deliver this full-day workshop highlighting practical skills to enhance the services you provide to people from refugee backgrounds within the welfare and services sector. This program addresses service delivery challenges including: understanding and communicating with clients from diverse refugee backgrounds; responding appropriately to needs specific to people from refugee backgrounds; helping people from refugee backgrounds regain their independence, and more. Find out more and register.

Child Aware Approaches Conference 2019
Brisbane - Thursday, 16th to Friday, 17th May

The 6th Child Aware Approaches Conference will advance the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020, the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022, and the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Conference will focus on five key themes: improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, improving access to prevention and early intervention, improving placement stability, keeping children and young people safe from abuse, and strengthening focus on wellbeing Beyond 2020. The participation of young people will be a key feature of the Conference.

QCOSS State Budget Breakfast 2019
Brisbane - Tuesday, 18th June

This year's QCOSS State Budget Breakfast will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Hon Jackie Trad, Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships has been invited to speak and share insights into the impact that the budget will have on Queenslanders experiencing poverty and disadvantage. The Treasurer's presentation will be followed by a panel discussion including: Professor Anne Tiernan, Dean (Engagement), Griffith Business School; Neil Willmett, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council; and Anita Veivers, Executive Director, Centacare FNQ. Find out more and register.

Trauma Aware Schooling Conference 2019
Brisbane - Thursday, 20th to Friday, 21st June

The inaugural Trauma Aware Schooling Conference will discuss, learn about and respond to the issues of complex childhood trauma and the need for trauma aware practice in schools. A school student’s experience of complex trauma  (e.g. physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, serious neglect, violence, etc.) can have a serious impact on school behaviours, attendance, engagement and (therefore) educational and life outcomes. Worrying behaviours can also have a significant impact on the well-being, efficacy, and retention of teachers and other educators. To address this, government departments and many non-government agencies are increasingly encompassing what is now referred to as trauma-informed practice when supporting or working with children and adolescents. To minimise concerns at school that can lead to student disengagement or disciplinary exclusion, there is a growing call for a collaborative, cross-agency, trauma-informed approach to service provision – which includes the schooling system. Find out more and register.

FECCA Conference 2019
Hobart - Wednesday, 9th to Friday, 11th October

FECCA is the peak national body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. FECCA's role is to advocate and promote issues on behalf of its constituency to government, business and the broader community. The 2019 FECCA Conference will highlight new speakers, young people and diverse voices that can articulate the challenges that impact on and issues that are important to people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. The Conference Committee wish to hear from people who have a vision to shape multicultural Australia and continue to lead the conversation on important issues by learning from the past, addressing new and emerging issues, and working collaboratively across sectors to find solutions. Share your bright ideas, innovative and strengths based solutions, and new and emerging issues that need addressing. Abstract submissions close Friday, 21st June. Registration for the Conference is also open, with discounted accommodation for attendees.


International Conference on Youth Mental Health
Brisbane - Saturday, 26th to Monday, 28th October

This conference by the International Association for Youth Mental Health at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre aims to improve mental health service responses for young people, and features presentations for professionals, researchers, service providers, and policy makers, as well as young people and their parents. In recent years, many countries have acknowledged the importance of targeted services for youth in the critical age group of 12–25 years. Young people will play a core role in sharing their skills, voices and experiences in the conference,  and will be involved in all aspects of planning and decision making. Find out more and register to attend.


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